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Keynote Speakers

We've got three great days of character development professional learning in store this summer. The CharacterPlus National Conference is June 16-17, 2015 (pre-conference is June 15). This year, we have two fantastic keynotes, one dynamic panel of community leaders and six pre-conference offerings for attendees!

Our keynote speakers this year will be Tanya Avrith and Baruti Kafele.

Principal Baruti Kafele is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. He keynotes Tuesday morning at the CharacterPlus National Conference. 

Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. She keynotes Wednesday morning. Tanya spent the last two 
years teaching students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote.

Learn more about our speakers at our website.
Special Panel Discussion: Character in the Workplace
This year we will have a panel during Wednesday's lunch, featuring a discussion on Character in the Workplace.

The panelists will include:

Deb Hollingsworth, retired executive, AT&T
Dave Estes, vice president, human resources and talent acquisition, Maritz
Ann Seeney, director of human resources, St. Louis Cardinals
Thomas Ahr, director of leadership, human resources division, BJC
Khalia Collier, owner, St. Louis Surge (semi-pro women's basketball team)

Six Pre-conference Workshops Offered
Take a look at the pre-con selections, each is three hours long and all take place at the St. Charles Convention Center:

Leading the Character Charge when Followers are Few & Hard to Find
Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Audience Experience Level: Beginner

Courageous Conversations About Race  Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Audience Experience Level: All

Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning  Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Audience Experience Level: Beginner

Inspired Leadership that Transforms School Culture  Audience Grade Level: Elementary | Audience Experience Level: Beginner

Fostering Student Self-Motivation  Audience Grade Level: All | Audience Experience Level: All

Pushing Past Mediocre… (The 7 P’s to Leadership, Legacy and Human Excellence)  
Audience Grade Level: High School | Audience Experience Level: Beginner

If you opt to participate in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch is provided.

Registration for the pre-cons and general conference is now open at characterplus.org.

Early Bird Registration
Register online at characterplus.org for both pre-con workshops and the general conference. Early bird registration- your best savings- runs until March 13!
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